The Center for Arab American Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn encourages understanding of the history and experiences of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking immigrants to the United States through education, research, public outreach, and cultural exchange programs. In addition to offering a minor in Arab American Studies, CAAS provides internship opportunities for students with professional, public, and community-based agencies.  We foster community partnerships, encourage academic fellowships, and serve as a center for academic inquiry for scholars to investigate and share their work on the Arab American experience.

The Center promotes these goals in the following ways:


Encourage and support research by our faculty and students.

Showcase research findings through campus and public programs.

Host and facilitate visiting scholars.



Provide expertise to the media, cultural institutions, and the public sector.


Offer courses relevant to the Arab American community and its heritage

Foster classroom opportunities for engaged, community-based research throughout the metropolitan Detroit region.

Promote the study of the Arab region and of diverse populations within American society.